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Wisdom Workout

Growing children is one of the most intuitive, non-linear experiences possible. Being a mother is a heart task. The wheel of love starts its never-ending spin the moment our body chemistry begins to change to accommodate the new guest. Anticipation, excitement, future planning,...

Pet Peeves

^ Prince died and we lost a king. His music contribution was greater than any other. It is said that his unpublished work could produce an album a year for the next 100 years. His fans call the place of this work the vault. I keep my unpublished work in a vault, the toilet. I’m...

Village Matters

A Fuss Over Sweet Rewards From the way some of my recent efforts in the kitchen have turned out, you would never guess that I was recognized as my high school’s “Betty Crocker Future Homemaker of the Year.” That was in the days before building self-esteem in students was even...

Heart Talk

Meet, Not Meat I have lived in Laguna Beach since 2001, though many old time residents still consider me new to town. I have tried hard to become a part of the place my heart has embraced. Purchasing things from local artists, taking classes at the Susi Q Center, reading at open...

The Kibitzer

No Pot Monopolies When I read the full ballot Initiative to overturn the city’s prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, sponsored by locals Corey Aufhammer and Elizabeth Toomey, all I could think of was, “what were they smoking?” Did they really believe that on the...
Posted On 21 Apr 2016

Guest column

Chop, Chop, Chop: Charoses Traditions   Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, mine was the only lunch bag that trailed matzo crumbs. On first coming to America we lived in a non-Jewish immigrant neighborhood so I had no friends with whom to compare seder rituals. Despite this,...

Taking Stock

Earnings Coming Through  The stock market seems to be accepting that spring is really here. Improving earnings reports are boosting the upbeat tempo. Last quarter, companies many squeezed out a small beat on earnings while missing on revenues. Accompanying comments used words...

Pet Peeves

Art Star Hack It was meant to be a joyous night for the Art Star Awards this past April 3. Unfortunately, residents held invitations from the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts. These invitations were voided when the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts changed the name to Laguna...

Musings on the Coast

Who Keeps Defiling Sacred Ground? In 2011, Laguna Beach dedicated a 9/11 memorial designed by Laguna’s own Jorg Dubin. The location was near the American flag stand in Heisler Park and more than 2,000 people attended the dedication. Members of the New York City Fire Department...
Posted On 15 Apr 2016

Green Light

  Seasick: Corals, Kelp, and Critters This past Sunday’s New York Times published the article “Climate-Related Death of Coral Around World Alarms Scientists.” Laguna does not have coral reefs, so what does this have to do with our small city? Plenty. The climate-related...
Posted On 14 Apr 2016

Shore Scene

Catching Sight of Calico Bass Commercial fishing of calico bass (Paralabrax clathratus) in California has been banned since the 1950s because of overfishing after World War II. Since then, they have rebounded and although still recreationally fished within size limits, the...

Wisdom Workout

Moving Forward It is easy to be inspired by the beauty that surrounds us daily as residents of Laguna Beach. For many of us, living here is like inheriting a little slice of heaven. We choose this city above all others. Our environment brings us external gifts, but the personal...

Pet Peeves

Party Hardy I was surprised to find a note sticking out from the edge of my front doormat. For one, I’ve never gotten a note. And two, my front door is in the back of the house. Even I have trouble finding it. And then I thought did I leave this note? I couldn’t remember, so I...

Taking Stock

Yearnings For Earnings  Stocks finally seem to have recovered their sense of direction after shillyshallying around for months. Earlier this year, defensive issues like tobacco, soup and utilities took center stage. The recent strong rallies kicked the market into a higher gear...

Heart Talk

Life After Medicare There was always a number that seemed old. When I got to that number, I would always revise it upwards, but one number seemed it could not be bumped up and that number was 65. That was the time of life where you entered your two-minute drill, trying to slow...